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The essentials for the shopping gal in bangkok
Luggage and bags: Bring an extra collapsible bag with you for all your victory goods. You'll need it, trust me. or you can buy that bag from the city itself, but why spent extra on such stuff when you can spend it on new clothes?
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Best is sandals for shopping, or flats, or anything you can slip in and out easily. If you're going to temples, another pair of sneakers pls. Leave your heels at home, you're already gonna need those foot massages even if you're wearing flats.
Clothes - no skimpy stuff. Just decent, "least hot as possible without showing too much skin". Oh and it has to be fitting enough so that you can try the store's clothes on the spot without changing clothes (most of them have no fitting room). If you're going to the temples, knee length skirts/jeans are a must, as are sleeves.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are medical pharmacies along the streets. You can get most of what you need from there. But since most don't speak English, you can also do it the same way as I did - phantomine. We got our cream for ankle sprain and the cough tablets that way. LOL
Miscellaneous: Umbrellas are a must. Sunglasses too. Not forgetting those precious bottles of sunblock and moisturiser. Maybe, the whole bag of skincare regime, considering how bad the air in Bangkok is for the skin. I even brought my moisturising masks along.
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Make sure to bring certain essentials
Luggage and bags: Plastic bags to put your sweaty clothes in.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Cortizone to stop itching. If you're not used to the humidity, sometimes you'll feel itchy. I did.
Sunscreen for the intense heat. Reapply sunscreen several times during the day.
Lots of tissues and/or antiseptic wipes. Public toilets are not always fully stocked with toilet paper. So, you can imagine that handles and sink knobs could be germy.
Photo Equipment: Chargers or extra batteries.
Luggage and bags: Bring a big bag if you decide to shop but remember, if you take Air Asia flights you are only eligible for 15kg of luggage!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing is essential as it is very hot. You don't need to bring a lot of clothes. Buy them when you are in Bangkok or at the Chatuchak market. They are so cheap. Get a pair of comfortable walking shoes such as Scholl or Birkenstock as there will be a lot of walking.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most of the famous brands of toiletries and medical supplies are available easily at big supermarkets, 7-Eleven, Foodland and even pharmacies. So, if you forgot to bring your doedorant, head over to Watson's and get that favourite brand of yours!
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Luggage and bags: Take a small backpack so that you can carry your water and anything you might buy along the way... Most hotels will let you leave your suitcase at their lobby if you head off for a couple of days (that is, if you've been staying there and will return).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take comfortable shoes and summer clothes...it's hot!
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film or memory cards. If you don't pack enough memory cards for your camera, you can always buy one at the various shopping centres.
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Forgo the shorts and sandals...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bangkok is not the cleanest city and with puddles of water on street and sidewalk surfaces, you'll end up with very foul smelling feet before you know it. Trust me on this - forget the open air sandals and shorts. There's a reason most local end up wearing pants and shoes.
don't bring to much
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes are a must in Bankok. I would not recommend sandals because most attractions will not allow you in without the proper footware and clothing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Chalk powder helps you to avoid skin rash caused by the humid warm air.
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Luggage and bags: Keep bags packed to a minimum as you will probably buy and pick up clothes and all sorts of souveneirs on your stay. Have a main bag for clothes etc plus a travel bag to carry around, though you won't need much.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotton clothing, shirts,trousers etc. Sandals and comfortable light walking shoes are a must. Shorts are not generally worn in the city (keep them for the beach).
Small umbrella or light cagool in case you are caught in a rain fall, when it rains its tropical. Check the weather forecast.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most things can be bought at the chemist. Have deoderant though, and some fresh wipes for during the day when it gets hot and sticky. Have something for insect bites to stop them itching. Make sure you have sun cream on even when it is overcast it still bcan burn. Water tablets if you suffer from water retention.
Photo Equipment: Keep your camera small and light for travelling about. Most things can be had for your camera in Bangkok.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For the Beach - the water is normally about 28 and warm like a bath, so pack your snorkelling gear to see plenty of amazing tropical fish, especially if you are going on to the coast and islands where they organise trips. A Hat to keep the sun off. Shorts,sarongs, light tops etc etc
Miscellaneous: Calculator or money converter to work out how much of a good bargain price you are getting at the market stalls.
Comfortable & Good Walking Shoes!
Travel light because you can buy almost everything here in Bangkok.
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